Money, money, money

February 16, 2011

Over the years I have published several books, reviews, plays, etc. Some have been reviewed very favourably. Some ignored. But I have never made money. And in some ways money is the final scale of success in the arts. If a person is willing to pay out cash to read or look at something you have created than it is high praise. I would much rather be a financially profitable artist than a well-reviewed one. For years the highest paid authors in Canada (so I am told) have been the writers of romance books. No one takes them seriously as literature but those who do write them and make a good living at it are to be commended. Most of the time they write under pseudonyms. So vanity isn’t involved. I suppose they write for money and the joy of writing. Perhaps they are the country’s greatest writers. Perhaps the great Canadian novel is about a tryst between Brad, Leanna, and Doris. Who’s the judge?

One Response to “Money, money, money”

  1. Oh, god. But isn’t Thomas Kincaide (sp?), that guy who has “galleries” in malls where you can buy a piece and have them change the color to match the decor of your house, isn’t he the highest paid artist of our time? (I know what you mean about the money, though. But isn’t there some other way!!??) (Rhetorical question.)

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